File:Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein - Goethe in the Roman Campagna - Google Art Project.jpg|thumb|250px|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German artist known for his works of poetry, drama, prose, philosophy, visual arts, and science.
An '''artist''' is a person engaged in an activity related to creating art, practicing the arts
, or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech
and academic discourse
is a practitioner in the visual art
s only. The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business
context, for musicians and other performers (less often for actors). "Artiste" (the French for artist) is a variant used in English only in this context. Use of the term to describe writers, for example, is valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like criticism.